Reggae Boyz get analysis boost ahead of qualifiers

first_imgThe Reggae Boyz will now be able to better prepare themselves from a tactical perspective after receiving access to one of the world’s leading analysis software InStat, was provided by the Wisynco Group yesterday.The computer programme will allow coach Winfried Sch‰efer and his technical team to assess their rivals through the gathering of real-time information and statistics; fully analyse the performances of their own players in key areas; and present data, which will help in their overall preparation.The presentation, which was packaged for access to 10 games, took place at the Jamaica Football Federation’s New Kingston secretariat yesterday.The software will immediately become available to the technical staff.The benefits of InStat’s services include the ability to look on the team’s past performances, as well as to study key players and what impact they have on the team’s playing system.It will also provide full reports on each players, including how many tackles and passes are attempted and completed successfully and distance covered, among other things important to statistical values.FranÁois Chalifour, director of marketing for the Wisynco Group, was on hand to make the presentation yesterday.”It’s impossible to reach the levels of competitiveness that the Reggae Boyz need to have without the help of data that I am sure their competitors have. If we don’t have the same data that they have, we are already starting at a disadvantage, so we are very happy to be supporting the team with this,” he said.According to Chalifour, the boost comes at a good time ahead of the Reggae Boyz key World Cup qualifiers.”We should support the Reggae Boyz and see them beat Costa Rica later this month and then try to qualify for Russia,” he added.His organisation will be financing the programme for a total of 10 matches.Roy Simpson, Reggae Boyz team manager, credited Wisynco’s support, and in so doing, recalled that the software was used by the Boyz during the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year.”We used it to our advantage and we were able to scout every single team that we played, and from a tactical point, nullify whatever they were doing,” said Simpson.last_img read more

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first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library?Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Ebola survivors share life-saving tips via mobile app

first_img8 January 2015Ebola survivors in West Africa are connecting with each other and sharing public health advice, as well as speaking about the challenges they face in post-recovery, using an interactive mobile app available through #ISurvivedEbola, the ground- breaking West African multimedia campaign.The innovative digital tool debuted in Guinea on 5 January, piloted by the first Guinean survivor to share her story with the #ISurvivedEbola campaign. The website also houses the stories of a growing community of Ebola survivors from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.In the first message sent via the mobile app, Camara “Fanta” Fantaoulen said: “Yes, I survived Ebola, thanks to the help of the brave health care workers who treated me. And I’ve learned that together, we can defeat this virus and protect our families and communities.”After losing her father and five other family members to suspected or confirmed Ebola, Fantaoulen believed her death was imminent when she tested positive for the virus. Thanks to a combination of early treatment, strict adherence to her treatment plan, and sheer determination, she recovered from the virus and is now providing psychosocial support to Ebola patients.Survivor storiesThe mobile app is the latest component of the #ISurvivedEbola campaign, which leverages survivor stories from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to deliver vital public health information about Ebola to affected populations, and to reduce the stigma faced by Ebola survivors.A key way in which the campaign does this is by documenting survivor stories in video, audio, and print formats; then disseminating these stories broadly via local, national, and international media, online platforms, and other distribution channels. Educational radio dramas that tell fictional yet reality-based stories of survival, and radio call-in shows that feature Ebola survivors as guests, are among the campaign activities.#ISurvivedEbola is part of the #TackleEbola initiative and is implemented by PCI Media Impact in collaboration with Unicef.Each survivor who has shared his or her story through the campaign is given a smartphone installed with the app. This helps them to use the technology to share information about their lives after recovery. The smartphones and the app were provided and developed with support from the charity fundraising website GlobalGiving.With the release of the app and launch of the website, the #ISurvivedEbola campaign has completed the first phase of its roll-out. It includes two additional survivor story videos from survivors in Liberia and Sierra Leone, respectively.Helping othersThe Liberia video introduces the world to Decontee Davis, a 23-year-old who overcame Ebola but lost her fiance to the virus. Davis now works in an interim care centre for children who have come in contact with Ebola patients and are under 21 days of observation. Many of these children have lost one or both parents to the disease.From Sierra Leone, audiences meet Aminata Kargbo, a university student who, after surviving Ebola, has become a leader in efforts to educate others on the benefits of early treatment.“We began in early December with the launch of the campaign and release of the first survivor video out of Liberia,” said Sean Southey, chief executive of PCI Media Impact.“Then, the campaign launched educational Ebola-focused radio programmes in Liberia and released the premier survivor story out of Sierra Leone. Now, we have activated the mobile app, released the first survivor story out of Guinea, and launched a website that will allow concerned citizens throughout the world to join the movement.”The multiple #ISurvivedEbola campaign products and activities are reinforcing the existing work being done by organisations like Unicef in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to spread key messages about Ebola to the public.“While treatment of Ebola patients is critical, the best way to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is to cut the chain of transmission and prevent further infections,” said Rafael Obregon, chief of the communication for development section at Unicef.“As the global UN lead for the Social Mobilization Pillar of the Ebola response in West Africa, Unicef is at the helm of efforts to stop transmission by working with national governments and partners to educate the public in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea about how to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from the virus.“#ISurvivedEbola is reinforcing our efforts by providing this information in multiple, highly entertaining forms, including through the testimonies of actual survivors.”Videos for the #ISurvivedEbola campaign are available on Vimeo, while audio clips are available on Soundcloud.Follow #ISurvivedEbola on Twitter @SurvivedEbola, Facebook, and Instagram @isurvivedebola. Source: APOlast_img read more

15 geocaches. 15 countries. 22 hours and 25 minutes. Geotrip ’17.

first_imgWhat was their route?The team photographed each cache with a small flag from its home country: Slovenia13:2914:0015:10GC2ZEK8 Luxembourg01:3501:5102:05GC6FRQM Netherlands00:0000:0100:00GC4Y2FE Italy09:5910:0010:35GC1N1WA German04:0704:5902:20GC4N4W Netherlands — GC4Y2FE Belgium — GC6F8XY Luxembourg — GC6FRQM Germany — GC4N4W France — GC6TPFZ Switzerland — GC2D9A8 Liechtenstein — GC4J1RZ Austria — GC6419N Italy — GC1N1WA Slovenia — GC2ZEK8 Croatia — GC6GAG3 Hungary — GC59XB6 Slovakia — GC2JZ9K Czech Republic — GC6J3HN Poland — GC1G226 Hungary17:2820:1417:02GC59XB6 Croatia15:3215:5016:20GC6GAG3 123456789101112131415<> Liechtenstein07:1607:0407:38GC4J1RZ Poland23:0423:3422:25GC1G226center_img Austria07:3208:1107:51GC6419N Switzerland05:1906:2206:34GC2D9A8 What is Geotrip’17?In 2011, a group of geocachers from the Netherlands set a geocaching record when they found 15 geocaches in 15 countries within 24 hours. Six years later, a group of Finnish geocachers were up to the challenge to break this record. Harjus, Rimaju, Weellu and Wesbridge embarked on Geotrip ‘17 on April 15, 2017 from the Netherlands just a second past midnight. They reached their final destination in Poland at 10:25 pm the same day 22 hours and 25 minutes later, setting the new record!In that time, the group travelled 2000 kilometers and found a geocache in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Although they were going for a speed record, the Geotrip’17 team drove according to speed limits and took their time to find each cache and log them. In order to achieve this, they preselected low difficulty park and grab caches with backup caches.How much time did they spend in each country compared to previous teams? Belgium01:2601:0800:36GC6F8XY Congratulations Team Geotrip’17!Share with your Friends:More The Czech Republic22:3621:5220:55GC6J3HN France01:5702:4903:16GC6TPFZ Slovakia20:1320:0119:36GC2JZ9K EarthGeofriends 2011 TimeTour d’Europe 2017 TimeGeotrip ‘ 17 TimeGeocache Found SharePrint RelatedPhenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017December 26, 2017In “Community”15 Countries in 24 Hours – One Big Day of GeocachingOctober 11, 2011In “Community”1 Month Later… A Breakdown of the Record Breaking World Wide Flash Mob 11July 7, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

I don’t have to say sorry, Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 performance wasn’t that bad: Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgPakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed insisted there is no need for him to apologise for their performances in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, saying his team worked hard to get the right results in England.Speaking to the press in Karachi after Pakistan’s return from England, Sarfaraz Ahmed said the team responded very well after the defeat to India and bounced back strongly.Sarfaraz Ahmed also rued the net run rate rule that saw New Zealand edge past Pakistan into the semi-final despite both teams finishing the group-stages with 11 points each. Pakistan’s net run rate took a massive hit when they lost their first World Cup 2019 match to the West Indies by 7 wickets. Pakistan were bundled out for 105 after which West Indies gunned down the total in just 13.4 overs.”There is no need to say sorry. We worked hard and gave our best. We haven’t returned with 2-4 points, but with 11. We accept that we didn’t perform well as a team in the 1st 5 matches but it wasn’t as bad a performance as people are making it out to be,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.Pakistan were down and out after they lost their 5th match to arch-rivals India in Manchester on June 16. Sarfraz’s men lost all the momentum that they had gained after stunning England in their 2nd World Cup 2019 match after back-to-back defeats to Australia and India.Sarfaraz Ahmed pointed out that the personal abuse some of the Pakistan players received after defeat to India affected them psychologically but that the team management helped them handle the situation well.advertisementSarfaraz was body-shamed on a number of occasions and an unruly fan hurled hurtful comments at the Pakistan captain when he visited a UK mall with his son.Pakistan roared back to form after their loss to India as they kept themselves in contention for a semi-final spot with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan on the bounce. Sarfaraz’s men finished their campaign with a convincing win over Asian rivals Bangladesh at Lord’s on June 5.Sarfaraz reveals team meeting details after India lossRevealing that he had called for a meeting after the India defeat to address issues with the team, Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “In those 7 days [after the loss to India], we took 2 days off. After that I called for a team meeting with all the players. Our management was not there. I spoke from my heart. I noted down mistakes that were made in the first 5 matches and discussed it with the players.Sarfaraz added: “The good thing is the players responded well. In the last 4 matches, we made an outstanding comeback. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to qualify for the semi-final. We acknowledge that we didn’t play well in the first 5 matches. Unfortunately we were not able to qualify because of the net run rate.”As a team, we performed well. Most players, including seniors and young ones, performed well. They performed their roles well. I want to thank the support staff as well. They put in a lot of hard work. They tried their best to push us to better things.”MIckey Arthur, our coach,handled personnel really well. After the India match, we had a tough time. The way the management handled the situation was very good.”Also Read | Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur slams net run rate rule after missing semi-final berthAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals: India know what New Zealand are capable of, says Sanjay BangarAlso See:last_img read more

Budget debate set to resume on Wednesday all ears tuned in for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 6th 2017: One week after presenting its first Budget Communication to the people of The Bahamas, debate on its allocation and measures will commence on Wednesday in the House of Assembly.While it’s expected that line ministers will present their allocations and how they intend to spend in each area in the new fiscal year, many ears will be tuned in to hear how Government intends to reduce VAT and taxes in certain areas.So far measures outlined in reducing taxes include a .25 percent reduction in business license tax down from 1.5 percent. Hotels seeing turnovers exceeding US$400m, will now see their business license tax fall from 1.25 percent to one percent of turnover. Minister Turnquest added that excise duty on electric motorcycles will be reduced from 65 percent to 25 percent, as government looks to champion the new mode of affordable transport.The new government won the elections on the premise of repealing taxes implemented by the previous administration. However, during his budget presentation last week, DPM and Finance Minister, Peter Turnquest says his government was unable to remove all taxes as promised after finding what it describes as a “bare cupboard”, hinting that any tax reduction moves will have to be delayed.During the Speech from the throne, the government promised to repeal VAT on breadbasket items, all baby and children’s clothing, electricity, water, all health coverage and insurance, while creating tax free zones in Over-the-Hill communities.The debate on the Budget Communication 2017 2018 will commence tomorrow June 7th.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasBudgetDebate20172018#BahamasGovernmentTaxRepealsOrTaxDelays Related Items:last_img read more